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Doctor insights on: Teasel And Grapefruit Seed Extract For Lyme Disease

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Lyme Disease (Definition)

A condition caused by borrelia burgdorferi. Acute symptoms can include bullseye rash, headaches, joint pain, fever, and flu-like sx. Chronic symptoms can include fibromyalgia symptoms, nerve pain in extremities, mood swings, brain fog, heart problems. Lab diagnoses are not very reliable, and sometimes clinical ...Read more


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When using the herb teasel for treating Lyme disease what part do I use the root or the leaf?

When using the herb teasel for treating Lyme disease what part do I use the root or the leaf?

Lyme & herbals: Lyme disease can be an awful affliction. Hopefully u have a doctor who will help u through all this. While I personally & professionally advocate a medical approach to treating Lyme, there is an 'alternative universe' that advocates herbal & other therapies for treatment. I don't agree with those at all & I worry you're putting yourself in danger following them. Hope you will feel better. ...Read more

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Does Lyme disease ever go away?

Does Lyme disease ever go away?

Controversial: Most doctors believe that lyme disease can be cured by antibiotics. There are some who think that lyme can evolve into a chronic state, but this is controversial. Most treatments advertised for "chronic lyme disease" have little if any evidence to back them up. ...Read more

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Can symptoms of Lyme disease not show up for months?

Can symptoms of Lyme disease not show up for  months?

Yes: People react to infections in different ways. Most who are infected with lyme will have vague non-specific symptoms initially like headache and achiness that may be mild and not noticed as a sign of illness, but then have more pronounced symptoms that appear months or years later. ...Read more

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Is there a way to help raise awareness about Lyme disease?

Is there a way to help raise awareness about Lyme disease?

It is already high: Awareness is already high. Half of the new patients i see in my office think they may have lyme disease. About 5% of those are correct. ...Read more

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I like to hike, does this make me more susceptible to Lyme disease?

Exposure: While hiking you are more lilely to get exposed to ticks that may give you lyme disease. So always check your clothes and skin, including your feet and back for ticks and tick bites. ...Read more

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How do you include children with Lyme disease in everyday activities?

How do you include children with Lyme disease in everyday activities?

No need to exclude: Children with ld are at no risk of spreading their ailment to others. They can be included with other children in activities that are only limited to their level of tolerance. ...Read more

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Are there any illnesses that share the same symptoms of Lyme disease?

It depends: Occasionally symptoms of lyme disease could mimic those of a medication reaction or allergy, contact dermatitis or other non-infectious problem like clinical depression. Generally a physician who specializes in infectious diseases would be required in order to distinguish lyme disease from these other disorders. Also, late stages of lyme disease need to be distinguished from earlier stages of lyme. ...Read more

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Can you tell by the symptoms how far Lyme disease may have progressed?

Can you tell by the symptoms how far Lyme disease may have progressed?

Lyme disease: As the bacteria spread in the skin away from the initial tick bite, the infection causes an expanding reddish rash that is often associated with "flu-like" symptoms. Later, it can produce abnormalities in the joints, heart, and nervous system. ...Read more

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Can you please define Lyme disease and where does Lyme disease come from?

Can you please define Lyme disease and where does Lyme disease come from?

Bacterial infection: Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria, borrelia burgdorferi & is commonly thought to be transmitted by deer ticks. However, half of those proven to have lyme don't recall being bitten by a tick. It is proven that lyme can be transmitted by biting flies & possibly by mosquitoes, fleas, spiders etc. It can be transmitted in utero to babies & possibly sexually. It can cause many symptoms. See comment:. ...Read more

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I've Lyme disease and was wondering what can I do to make this more bearable?

It depends: It depends on the symptoms you have. Remember one thing: long term antibiotic use has no benefit and significant risk. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a person to get cured from Lyme disease without medication?

Unlikely: If it is causing symtoms it is unlikley to clear without medication. Get treatment immediately. This disease has many long term complications. ...Read more

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My best friend has Lyme disease, i'm scared for him. What is the normal prognosis?

It depends: It really depends on the stage of the lyme disease. For instance, significant heart or nervous system involvement is much more severe than primary lyme disease. All stages are treated with antibiotics. Some issues require additional treatment. ...Read more

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What is being done with Lyme disease? I am making a website to aware people of Lyme disease and need to know what is being done with Lyme disease.

There : There is a lot of heated controversy surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of lyme disease. Two organizations, the infectious disease society of america and the international lyme and associated diseases society have published treatment guidelines that are quite different in their view of this illness. Ilads supports the validity of chronic lyme disease as a real and common occurred that should be treated with antibiotics and supportive therapies until symptoms resolve, and that other tick born infections should be considered and tested for in the patient who does not recover with adequate treatment of the lyme infection. Idsa does not acknowledge the existence of chronic lyme disease and proposes a treatment of 3-4 weeks with doxycycline. If the patient continues to have symptoms following this treatment, ongoing antibiotics are not recommended and the symptoms are attributed to a newly proposed "syndrome" called "post lyme disease syndrome" which is basically a psychosomatic or inflammatory response and should be treated with antidepressants, anti-inflammatory drugs or pain medications, but not antibiotics. www.ilads.org can give you more information on this from the perspective of treating chronic lyme disease and this website will give you the idsa perspective: www.Idsociety.Org/lyme/ some good patient and family oriented information can be found at www.Lymedisease.Org. Good luck with your endeavor. Dr. Tedde rinker los altos, ca. ...Read more

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Can i get Lyme disease from a cat bite?

Can i get Lyme disease from a cat bite?

No: Lyme disease is transmitted by deer ticks . Deer tick bites can transmit the lyme disease not cat bites. Pasturella infections are often times associated with cat bites and can progress very rapidly, they are treated with penicillin. ...Read more

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Which tick can cause Lyme Disease? Dog fleas?

Which tick can cause Lyme Disease? Dog fleas?

Deer ticks - Ixodes: Certain ticks are associated with certain diseases. For Lyme disease, classically the 'deer tick' is described- Ixodes scapularis. Deer ticks go through several stages in their life cycle-and the nymphs or younger ones can be extremely small-maybe as big as a pin head. The adults are easier to spot. Dog ticks are larger and are associated with different tick-borne diseases. Good to take precaution ...Read more